There's no doubt about it when it comes to trucks of any year or size California's Central Valley is right in the heart of truck country. It was in the early '90s when the doors to Early Classic Enterprises in Fresno, California first opened for business. Right from the start Early Classic's focus was and still is on '60-72 Chevrolet C10, and GMC trucks. Owned and operated by Stan Hammond, and Mark Ansted the pair have earned a good reputation by offering a wide selection of top quality parts backed with knowledgeable tech service. A good example of Early Classic's commitment to keeping '60-72 General Motor's trucks on the road whether it's for work or play is Early Classic's signature stock height spindles specifically designed to add disc brakes, and Timken style wheel-bearings while maintaining a stock ride height. For the guys that want to give their '60-72 a little meaner stance Early Classic offers a 2 1/2-inch drop-spindle that when used in conjunction with Early Classic Enterprise's dropped coil springs provide up to 4-inches of drop in the front.
The most complete redesign of General Motors light-duty trucks since the company started to build trucks took place with the introduction of the 1960 year models. Up front the Chevy and GMC featured a revolutionary torsion-bar suspension, and in the rear while GMC retained the conventional parallel leaf-spring setup used on previous years, the '60 Chevrolet introduced a trailing-arm arrangement. Since Early Classic Enterprises' main focus is on the '60-72 C10 Chevrolet it was only natural for them to invest a lot of effort into developing their own products to address the rear suspension. To remedy some of the problems encountered when slamming a trailing-arm setup such as dual-exhaust routing, or driveshaft clearance Early Classic Enterprises manufactures what they call an "extreme drop-center" crossmember. To complement the extreme-drop crossmember Early Classic manufactures heavy-duty boxed trailing-arms that can be used with the stock GM crossmember as well.
In keeping with this issue's Farm Truck Fever theme we've included a tour of Early Classic's collection of potential project trucks that are for sale. If you see something you like give Mark and Stan a call, and hopefully someone else hasn't snapped it up.